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SnakeBytes 5/31: We Have MayDay

With a record of 15-11 going into the last day of May, the Dbacks look to end the month on a good note while facing the Cubs in Chicago. McCarthy talks about not having his best stuff yesterday, Wade Miley recaps his last start, and Kevin Towers discusses the crowded rotation topic; starting with Daniel Hudson.

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This is such a weird photo without context.
This is such a weird photo without context.
Rick Yeatts


I didn't have any life on my stuff. t was a fight for me. A good lineup hits those pitches. It's not an easy lineup to get out.

-- Brandon McCarthy

"It hurt a little bit but it goes away. I just didn't make pitches again. It wasn't like I was throwing good and the comebacker happened (then) I threw bad. I was just very inconsistent through and through."

-- Wade Miley

We’ll see how it goes. He hasn’t faced real good competition in almost a year. Facing big-league hitters is a lot different.

-- Kevin Towers

Gimme Some Dbacks News

McCarthy, Diamondbacks overpowered by Rangers |
McCarthy hit hard early as D-backs' three-game win streak ends with 9-5 loss to Rangers.

Chavez to DL with oblique strain |
D-backs put Eric Chavez on DL with strained oblique, activate Willie Bloomquist.

Brandon McCarthy’s rough day; farm report; & other stuff | Insiders
What was clear on Thursday afternoon in Texas was that Diamondbacks right-hander Brandon McCarthy was not at his best. His stuff was not sharp, his velocity was down and he said after the game that he felt "just dead."

Miley, D-backs look to cool off red-hot Cubs |
After a season-high six-game skid, the Cubs (22-30) have outscored opponents 29-10 during their winning streak. The last three victories came against the White Sox, including an 8-3 win on Thursday as Travis Wood connected for a grand slam and allowed two runs over six innings.

D-backs' rotation could soon be overloaded |
Bradley doesn't figure to get a major-league call anytime soon -- the D-backs see no need to rush him -- but Hudson and Skaggs could be ready to muscle their way into the rotation. But at the expense of whom?

Bloomquist could play multiple spots upon return |
Willie Bloomquist, who has been on the disabled list all season with a strained right intercostal, could return to the D-backs at either shortstop or second base. Or wherever manager Kirk Gibson needs him.

Bell surprised by good numbers against AL |
It's been nearly four years since Heath Bell took the loss for the National League in the 2009 All-Star Game, but he still remembers it, which makes it hard for him to believe that he's been so effective against American League foes during the regular season. MLB power rankings
10 Diamondbacks 30-22 An offseason lineup makeover after last year’s disappointing end has helped the Diamondbacks blossom into a contender in the NL West, led by emerging star Paul Goldschmidt.

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Casey Stengel: Cool Guy

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When you reach 3rd base against the Tigers *round 3rd* *pop collar* "PARTY'S HERE BABAY" *fake low five 3rd baseman/nut tap* *double pistols/thumbs to chest*